LAVERSTOCK and Ford ended up gifting their visiting opponents Newport (IoW) all three points on Saturday, despite showing dominance for the first 45 minutes.

Despite a number of injuries within the side Laverstock were in confident mood ahead of the visit of Newport IW.

Lavvy found themselves 1-0 inside two minutes, Tommy Campbell Smith breaking through to open the scoring.

Brad Walton back into the side after injury grabbed a second on 28 minutes, with a header from a Lovegrove corner.

The tireless Chae Sykes found the net on 42 minutes, but the referee bizarrely stopped play for a free-kick to Laverstock.

All in all the first half was very one sided.

However, the same cannot be said for the second half, the opening 15 mins was a stalemate but a free header on 62 minutes was converted and moments later a quick break resulted in the equaliser.

Worse was to follow as Newport grabbed a third from close range on 67 minutes, Matt Boselli being unable to hold on to a long range effort.

Lewis Wykes was introduced late on to add more presence and it paid off as Campbell Smith grabbed his second with five minutes left.

Just as Laverstock looked like they would go and get a fourth, it was Newport who broke clear and grabbed what proved to be the winner. However there was still time for Lovegrove to shoot over from close range with the very last kick of the game.

Afterwards Lavvy manager McConnell said: "We spoke at length about out intent and how we needed to be better in the opening half rather than wait for impetus at half time to stoke us and the boys were brilliant.

"To a tee they each followed instruction and we should have been out of sight.

"Chae's disallowed goal was an awful decision and the referee came and apologised at half time but 3-0 at half-time is a huge difference to 2-0 and we realise just how big now!"

He added: "In the second half we just stopped playing our style of football. We are a side that need to keep persisting and with our energy we are a match for any side but the way we gave the ball away and switched off to the defensive side of our game was tough to witness.

"It was 15 minutes we will not forget, it's 15 minutes we will remember and learn from! These boys are constantly learning and are clearly developing and are an incredible bunch to manage but there is no hiding places, we need to handle winning situations much better."

This Saturday, Laverstock are away at New Milton.